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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Apr 3rd, 13, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
 
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69 LM1 Should I drive or start restoration.

Finally got title to my first 69LM1 convertible and trying to decide on driving for the season as is or start the restoration. Runs great, drives straight,stops well and looks 70%. Solid no rust but paint is timed out.
Inventory of things to fix first. Rebuild window regulators? New top. Interior is good shape but tired.
All lights and accessories working ( except good old am radio,) so safe to be on the road.
So question is enjoy as is and let people see good old original untouched or start the process and wait?
Lets vote.
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Re: 69LM1 Should I drive or star restoration.

I vote DRIVE it for year
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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old Apr 3rd, 13, 05:36 PM
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Re: 69LM1 Should I drive or star restoration.

Drive it for awhile, restortations of freshing up usually take longer than expected the waiting is a killer.
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Re: 69LM1 Should I drive or star restoration.

Drive now, restore later.

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Re: 69LM1 Should I drive or star restoration.

If by restore it you mean a complete nut and bolt, body and paint, understand it could be several years before the car is back together.

It kinda comes down to, would you enjoy building a full size model or enjoy driving and working on the car from time to time more?

Since the car is running and driving now you could always chart out a plan where you address the most needed issues first in short projects that allow you to continue to drive the car and enjoy it. Concentrate on the running driving and stopping aspects first. Then move on to the interior and spread out any body work between everything else. When the car is the way you want it, paint it!

The only down side to this is you don't get that moment that the car is essentially done, where you have to fight between the fear of driving it and damaging it, over the pleasure of actually driving it. Oh and it might not technically be considered a ground up or frame off restoration.

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Re: 69LM1 Should I drive or star restoration.

Drive it and enjoy it, fix the little things and stockpile parts and $$$ for when you do the restore. As mentioned above don't be surprised for the restore to be a multi year process.
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Re: 69LM1 Should I drive or start restoration.

Had it out today for drive with wife who wasn't so sure paying what I did for a forty four year old car was so great.
First stop and park a man shuts his truck off and ask what it would take to buy?
Told him that he probably wouldn't want to pay what it would take. He said name your price and it will be in cash. Told not for sale and he just kept asking.
Took his # and told him if I ever needed to sell I would call
He made me look good to the wife .
Happy happy happy.
Thanks for the votes, drive it as is for know is the word.
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old Apr 8th, 13, 03:15 PM
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Welcome to the best dang Camaro site on the net! Where in Ohio are you?

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Re: 69 LM1 Should I drive or start restoration.

Drive it.

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Re: 69 LM1 Should I drive or start restoration.

Thanks for comments. Near Lima Ohio. Toured again Sunday and was so surprised by a 18 yr. old guy who just couldn't look at it enough. He hoped to own one someday. When the younger generation loves the old stuff you have to know something was made right many years ago..
Starting the search for what few parts I need to fix something's. feels good when you put truck lights, under hood lights, license plate lights in and they all work.
I would really like the camaro lovers advise on several issues.
One is this car is an untouched LM1 350 turbo with everything as it was built. So to be fair to the car do you restore to its original (light green with green interior)?
It runs and drives like new. Hard to believe but owned by an older gentlemen who took excellent car of it since 1974.
Interior is fair( no rips or cracks) but some what faded.
Paint as stated is tired but looks decent from 10ft. But I will reprint.
Top was changed to black but was white originally.
Radio doesn't work.( got to have some tunes to cruise by)
So help me out, I have no problem as is but could clone to something different.
Does changing ad or take away for value and the history of car.
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